3.2) A social/public issue affecting youth in South Africa, or in any part of the world: Moral, religious and legal attitudes are definite interferences with sexual behavior as well as an ostensible insight of the medical and psychological aspects of homosexuality. This phenomenon is possibly much less destructive of social aspects of our society and culture than is commonly believed, since it is actually more prevalent than is generally acknowledged. Homosexuality is most likely a result of hormonal and undoubtedly social and psychological factors. In most countries worldwide, gay marriage is illegal, forcing homosexuals to remain hidden out of a sense of shame and fear. Many religions, including Judaism and Islam, forbid homosexual acts and behaviour.
Sexuality rights is often overlooked in history especially in the 20th century as not many historians talked about the inequality for gays and lesbians therefore it is hard to say this form of inequality shaped the United States. Gay liberation can be linked to feminism as in the 1960s homosexuals also stood up for their own rights in the fight against inequality. Throughout the 20th century gay and lesbians were described as “sinful or mentally disordered”, as it was illegal in most states, seen as irregular and against the traditional American values of heterosexual marriages. McCarthyism pronounced gays to be a source of “national weakness” a focal point that caused controversy around gays and lesbians. Carl Wittman declared a Gay Manifesto stating how San Francisco is a “refugee camp for homosexuals” a place where people had fled from “blackmailing cops, from families who disowned or “tolerated” us”, it shows the inequality as gay people were treated horribly but of fear of abuse has to pretend “everything was OK”.
Sexuality is known be a fluid idea to which sexuality is defined differently for everyone. The idea of having sex for sexual pleasure is commonplace within modern literature, but it was not always like that. Sex was mostly referred to as sexual intercoarse between a married couple in the hopes that one would produce a child, until later years when the idea of sexual attraction was created. The 1909 Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines homosexuality as a medical term meaning “morbid sexual passion for one of the same sex.” This definition of homosexuality implicates how the idea of homosexuality was viewed as abnormal disease based on the implications how same sex couples cannot procreate. The concept of homosexuality was looked down upon because it was interpreted as sexual pleasure, rather than procreation.
(Document I). A brochure for “Reminder Day” expressed that homosexuals were often not treated as equals and that the Federal, state and local governments have shown bias towards these individuals. Although some religions would perceive homosexuality as a sin, the individuals are still human and should be given the same opportunities as the rest of the population. In the past, the Declaration of Independence promised natural rights for all men, but some rights were not realized for minority groups. Over time, parts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were revoked and amended so that in today’s world, all “men”, including women and minority groups, all have the same rights.
David Halperin is a Social Theorist who is one of the more known researchers when it comes to the study of proving that homosexuality is in fact acquired after birth. “Halperin believed in Planophysical theory. This theory believes that homosexuality is a freak of nature, an error” (Heffner). Halperin strongly believes that homosexuality stems from one child’s hatred of the same sex parent not being resolved, thus, ending in a favor attraction of the same sex. According to Christopher Heffner, Halperin’s theory involving failure to resolve an individual’s Oedipal issues is actually looked down upon by the psychological community as for most believe homosexuality is derived from one’s genes.
Priding itself on free will and inclusion America has been the poster nation for what many outsiders would call the melting pot theory. However true this is not the case for many minority groups in the United States. One statistically small group is made up of people who identify as Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Asexual or any combination thereof. More commonly abbreviated as LGBTQ+. Normative aspects of society will sometimes label these groups as deviant.
It tells us, just because same-sex marriage is legal, that does not mean that the fight’s over. It talks about how LGBT+ people are not getting treated equally. They face discrimination for who they are, have a higher risk of commiting/attempting suicide then the average person, and they’re not receiving the resources that they need. It also shows how there’s little, to no representation or acceptance in the media. The article states how LGBT+ students are more likely to have physical and mental health problems.
Thus, as the straight people are considered the majority in society, the director is actually showing to the audience that gay people are hiding from the straight world, and the reason why gay people gather together is because they might not find the sense of belonging in all those “straight” places as they couldn’t really show who they are. Besides, the audience could find out that none of the character actually got someone whom they can be fully falling in love with. Stuart never has a “relationship”, and he is simply an egregious flirt, but definitely not an expert of relationship. Vince is secretly crushing on Stuart, but Stuart seems to have no interest of him. Nathan crazily falls in love with Stuart, but Stuart treats him like a sex toy indeed.
In spite of not choosing to identify as either male or female, it is evident that the inclination towards femininity may have an effect on the relevance of homosexuality within the sexual relations, as it was made clear that Hijras have a lack of desire to engage in sexual acts as a man, however nothing being said about engaging in sexual acts as a hijra. In Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India, Aliya, who identifies themselves as a hijra, claims that “all hijras desire men,” while bringing attention to the fact that “otherwise, why would they become hijras?” Morris Oppler (1960), acknowledged that several hijras adopt mannerisms almost burlesque to the extent of recognizing the performer aspect of the role. That being said, Sinha (1967), acknowledged their performing role but treated them mainly as homosexuals who “join the community specifically to satisfy their sexual desires.” Without labels, individuals within the hijra community may partake in sexual relationships, or even long term monogamous
The civil rights movement and the right for the LGBT to marry one another are similar but also extremely different. Often we try to relate one event to another to try to heighten the importance of the current topic of debate. Doing this can often devalue the importance of a past event making it harder for the newer generations to relate to it and understand it. The reason why they are similar is because it is a group of people seeking equality that the majority of society already has. They are also similar because the group they hold ties to had no previous rights.
Meanwhile the government are not protecting the LGBT community because it’s considered “wrong” this causes violence towards homosexual. For example, the cons about Gay Rights is that “Married LGBT couples can access the same assistance as heterosexual couples and are afforded the same amount of protection under the law”(Duigon 4). The government does not show equalness towards the LGBT community as they do to the “straight” people. It’s disappointing that protection is reduced because he or she is attracted to their same gender or more, but how government ignores that fact that they are struggling as well at the other and yet nothing has changed for them. To go into more detail, Mississippi has created a law to where doctors can refuse to provide medical care to he or she that are homosexual, as well as therapist do not have to counsel them either.
They begin celebrating their subculture as a drastic victory. However, it is a tragedy, and draws to identity politics, in which people of a particular social background form and celebrate their own exclusive political viewpoints or cultures; and consequently, they are alienated from the standard culture. The identity politics is a dominated tool to generalize all the people’s views and indirectly force them to return to a hideaway, in the homosexual community, it is called homophobia. From Liu’s explanation, as a reader, I strongly disagree with the idea of identity politics in the gay culture. I am not saying that the homosexual need to take pride in themselves in public, but to receive respect from other people.